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The Watts Towers

A new book celebrates Sabato Rodia’s towers in Watts, a massive sculptural lifework of a whimsical eccentric, made from found objects and without power tools or scaffolding.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE



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How Kafkaesque Bureaucrats Are Ruining Education

Last week the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest in the nation, opened its doors for the new school year. The following story is a sobering tale of bureaucracy run amok, to the detriment of its schoolchildren.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Study: Zero Child Abuse in Lesbian Households

Someone call Focus on the Family: A newly published set of findings from a long-running study out of UCLA shows a child abuse rate of zero percent in dual-mommy households. A pool of 78 teenage children with lesbian parents was studied.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE


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Liberating the Schoolhouse

UCLA professor Wellford Wilms, one of the nation’s leading authorities on the crisis of public education in America, offers a must-read counterpoint to Bush’s blather about “No Child Left Behind.”

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Religion, Politics and the End of the World

For readers who weren’t able to attend the Truthdig debate between Sam Harris and Chris Hedges, we now have full coverage. So sit back, relax and enjoy the fireworks.

Posted on Jun 17, 2007 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week:  Baron Davis

Truthdig tips its hat this week to Baron Davis, not just because he played a crucial role in steering the Golden State Warriors to their first NBA playoff victory in 16 years, but, more important, because he has used his celebrity status to draw attention to key issues such as the underrepresentation of African-Americans at top-notch universities.

Posted on May 5, 2007 READ MORE


Sports Stars Try to Level the Academic Playing Field

Basketball superstar Baron Davis and the Chicago Bears’ Brendon Ayanbadejo have started an organization to raise awareness of the dwindling enrollment of minority students at their alma mater, UCLA. California’s anti-affirmative action Prop. 209 has had a devastating effect: This year’s freshman class of 5,000 contains fewer than 100 African American students, 20 of them on athletic scholarship.

Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


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Weekly Video Roundup

This week, our favorite assemblage of videos includes: HBO’s revelatory documentary “Hacking Democracy”; a shocking video of a UCLA student being repeatedly Tasered by campus police; and Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer sounding off on Joe Lieberman, Bernie Sanders and O.J. Simpson.

Posted on Nov 17, 2006 READ MORE


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UCLA Cops Taser Cuffed Student

University police officers repeatedly stunned a handcuffed UCLA student with a Taser in a library after he could not produce an identification card. The video is sickening. The university is promising an investigation.

Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE


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Elizabeth Holtzman on Impeaching George W. Bush

Former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman, co-author of ?The Impeachment of George W. Bush,? will be discussing that topic at UCLA on Wednesday, Sept. 13. She speaks with Truthdig about the president?s use of signing statements and how it will feel to share a stage at UCLA with onetime Nixon aide John Dean.

Posted on Sep 12, 2006 READ MORE


Study: No Marijuana Link to Lung Cancer

The study results even surprised the UCLA researchers who were running the tests.

Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


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Taking Back Our Schools—and Fixing Them

The director of the Education Leadership Program at UCLA forcefully argues that public education funds must be diverted from bloated bureaucracies and redirected into the schools, where principals, teachers and parents can meaningfully influence what is being taught.

Posted on Apr 25, 2006 READ MORE


Targeted UCLA Prof Speaks Out

She slams the hypocrisy of a right-wing academic witch hunt. | story
“I’d hate to be mistaken for a ‘conservative,’ ” she says, “but the barbarians really are at the gates.”

Posted on Jan 22, 2006 READ MORE


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